BVES Applications No. 19-03-008 and 19-03-011

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION HEARING
GOLDEN STATE WATER COMPANY (ON BEHALF OF ITS BEAR VALLEY ELECTRIC SERVICE DIVISION) REQUESTS FOR APPROVAL TO OWN, ACQUIRE AND OPERATE THE BEAR VALLEY SOLAR ENERGY PROJECT, AUTHORIZE RATEMAKING ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROJECT’S CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND OPERATING EXPENSES, AUTHORIZE A DEVIATION FROM ITS TARIFF, AND ISSUE AN EXPEDITED DECISION GRANTING SUCH RELIEF
APPLICATION NO. 19-03-008

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is interested in hearing from you regarding Golden State Water Company’s request for approval to own, acquire and operate the Bear Valley Solar Energy Project on behalf of its Bear Valley Electric Service Division, as presented in Application A.19-03-008. The Public Participation Hearing (PPH) is scheduled for the date, time and location listed below.

An Administrative Law Judge (Judge) will be presiding at this PPH to listen to concerns, comments, and opinions on this application. One or more Commissioners may attend, but no decisions will be reached at these hearings. All public comments from these PPHs will be included in the formal record and become public record.

The hearing’s location is wheel-chair accessible. If you need a non-English speaking interpreter or special assistance, please contact the CPUC Advisor’s Office (PAO) at the address listed at the bottom of this notice at least five days in advance of the hearing date.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION HEARINGS FOR APPLICATION NO. 19-03-008
July 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
The Lodge at Big Bear Lake
40650 Village Drive
Big Bear Lake, California

INFORMATION ABOUT THE APPLICATION
On March 11, 2019, Golden State Water Company (GSWC), on behalf of its Bear Valley Electric Division (BVES), filed Application A.19-03-008 with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The application requests approval to acquire, own, and operate the Bear Valley Solar Energy Project, authorize ratemaking associated with the project’s capital investment and operating expenses, authorize a deviation from its tariff, and issue an expedited decision granting such relief.

In its Application, GSWC:

  1. seeks approval to acquire, own, and operate the Bear Valley Solar Energy Project (the Solar Project) to be built next to Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA);1
  2. requests approval of the Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) with General Electric International, Inc. for the development of the Solar Project; and
  3. after completion of the Solar Project construction and commercially in operation, GSWC will seek recovery of its investment in the Solar Project and its costs of operation throughout the life of the asset

BBARWA is currently powered by an on-site fossil fuel generator that it owns and operates. Once the Solar Project reaches commercial operation, BVES will begin providing electric service to BBARWA from energy produced by the Solar Project pursuant to a proposed tariff deviation designed to compensate BBARWA for use of the Project Site. In exchange for the right to use BBARWA’s land to locate the Solar Project, BVES seeks authority from the CPUC to provide BBARWA electric service at new rates.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
A copy of the application and related exhibits and work papers may be examined at the following GSWC location:
Bear Valley Electric Service office located 42020 Garstin Drive, Big Bear Lake, California 92315.

If you need additional information, you may call our office at 909-866-4678.

A hard copy can be reviewed at the CPUC’s Central Files Office by appointment. For more information, contact aljcentralfilesid@cpuc.ca.gov or (415) 703-2045.

CPUC PROCESS
This application has been assigned to a Judge who will determine how to receive evidence and other related documents, necessary for the CPUC to establish a record upon which to base its decision. Evidentiary Hearings (EHs) may be held where parties of record will present their testimony and may be subject to cross-examination by other parties. These EHs are open to the public, but only those who are parties of record can participate.

After considering all proposals and evidence presented during the formal hearing process, the assigned Judge will issue a proposed decision which may adopt BVES’s proposal, modify it or deny it. Any CPUC Commissioner may sponsor an alternate decision. The proposed decision, and any alternate decisions, will be discussed and voted upon at a scheduled public CPUC Voting Meeting.

The CPUC’s Public Advocates Office (CalPA) has reviewed this application. CalPA is the independent consumer advocate with the CPUC with a legislative mandate to represent customers of investor-owned utilities. For more information about CalPA, please call (415) 703-1584, email PublicAdvocatesOffice@cpuc.ca.gov or visit CalPA’s website at http://www.publicadvocates.cpuc.ca.gov

STAY INFORMED
If you would like to follow this proceeding, or any other issue before the CPUC, you may use the CPUC’s free subscription service. Sign up at: http://subscribecpuc.cpuc.ca.gov/.

If you would like to learn how you can participate in the proceeding, or if you have informal comments or questions about the CPUC process, you may access the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office (PAO) webpage at www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc. You may also contact the PAO as follows:

Email: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

Mail: CPUC Public Advisor’s Office
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

Call: 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-2074
TTY 1-866-836-7825 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-5282

Please reference the BVES Application A.19-03-008 in any communications you have with the CPUC regarding this matter. All public comments will become part of the public correspondence file for this proceeding and made available for review for the assigned Judge, the Commissioners, and appropriate CPUC staff.

GOLDEN STATE WATER COMPANY

1 Adding the Solar Project to BVES’s generation portfolio will contribute significantly to BVES meeting its nearterm Renewables Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) requirements as well as its transition to the fully greenhouse gas (“GHG”)free energy supply envisioned by Senate Bill (“SB”) 100.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION HEARINGS
FOR GOLDEN STATE WATER COMPANY’S REQUEST (ON BEHALF OF ITS BEAR VALLEY ELECTRIC SERVICE DIVISION) FOR APPROVAL OF ITS TARIFF TO COMPENSATE ELIGIBLE DISTRIBUTED GENERATION CUSTOMERS
APPLICATION NO. 19-03-011

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is interested in hearing from you regarding Golden State Water Company’s (GSWC) request in Application A.19-03-011 for the approval of its tariff to compensate eligible distributed generation customers, on behalf of its Bear Valley Electric Service (BVES) Division. The Public Participation Hearing (PPH) is scheduled for the date, time and location listed below.

An Administrative Law Judge (Judge) will be presiding at this PPH to listen to concerns, comments, and opinions on this application. One or more Commissioners may attend, but no decisions will be reached at these hearings. All public comments from this PPH will be included in the formal record and become public record.

The hearing’s location is wheel-chair accessible. If you need a non-English interpreter or special assistance, please contact the Public Advisor’s Office at the address listed at the bottom of this notice at least five business days prior to the hearing date.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION HEARING FOR APPLICATION NO. 19-03-011
July 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
The Lodge at Big Bear Lake
40650 Village Drive
Big Bear Lake, California

INFORMATION ABOUT THE APPLICATION
On March 15, 2019, Golden State Water Company (GSWC), on behalf of its Bear Valley Electric Division (BVES), filed Application A.19-03-011 with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The application requests approval of its proposed Distributed Generation Service (“DGS”) program, which is designed to encourage the growth of renewable distributed generation in BVES’ service territory given the closure of BVES’ Net Energy Metering (“NEM”) program to new customers on January 1, 2018.

The proposed DGS program is designed to encourage growth of renewable distributed generation in BVES’ service territory by fairly compensating customers for excess generation that is supplied to BVES’ electric grid. At the same time, the DGS program is structured to ensure that other customers of BVES not participating in the DGS program are not prejudiced. To ensure customers are equitably compensated for excess generation that is supplied to BVES’ electric grid, while seeking to ensure that the DGS program costs approximate the program benefits and therefore do not prejudice other customers, the DGS program is designed to provide compensation based on costs that BVES would otherwise expend to obtain electricity.

A copy of the application and related exhibits and work papers may be examined at the following GSWC location:
Bear Valley Electric Service office located 42020 Garstin Drive, Big Bear Lake, California 92315.

If you need additional information, you may call our office at 909-866-4678.

A hard copy can be reviewed at the CPUC’s Central Files Office by appointment. For more information, contact aljcentralfilesid@cpuc.ca.gov or (415) 703-2045.

CPUC PROCESS
This application has been assigned to a Judge who will determine how to receive evidence and other related documents, necessary for the CPUC to establish a record upon which to base its decision. Evidentiary Hearings (EHs) may be held where parties of record will present their testimony and may be subject to cross-examination by other parties. These EHs are open to the public, but only those who are parties of record can participate.

After considering all proposals and evidence presented during the formal hearing process, the assigned Judge will issue a proposed decision which may adopt BVES’s proposal, modify it or deny it. Any CPUC Commissioner may sponsor an alternate decision. The proposed decision, and any alternate decisions, will be discussed and voted upon at a scheduled public CPUC Voting Meeting.

The CPUC’s Public Advocates Office (CalPA) has reviewed this application. CalPA is the independent consumer advocate with the CPUC with a legislative mandate to represent customers of investor-owned utilities. For more information about CalPA, please call (415) 703-1584, email PublicAdvocatesOffice@cpuc.ca.gov or visit CalPA’s website at http://www.publicadvocates.cpuc.ca.gov

STAY INFORMED
If you would like to follow this proceeding, or any other issue before the CPUC, you may use the CPUC’s free subscription service. Sign up at: http://subscribecpuc.cpuc.ca.gov/.

If you would like to learn how you can participate in the proceeding, or if you have informal comments or questions about the CPUC process, you may access the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office (PAO) webpage at www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc. You may also contact the PAO as follows:

Email: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

Mail: CPUC Public Advisor’s Office
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

Call: 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-2074
TTY 1-866-836-7825 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-5282

Please reference BVES Application A.19-03-011 in any communications you have with the CPUC regarding this matter. All public comments will become part of the public correspondence file for this proceeding and made available for review for the assigned Judge, the Commissioners, and appropriate CPUC staff.

GOLDEN STATE WATER COMPANY

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